MESSAGE FROM COMMISSIONER CONNIE HUDSON
Semmes Public Library Update
The future of the Semmes Public Library housed in the CVS Health owned building at 9150 Moffett Road has been an issue for over two months now (Click Here to view the previous Semmes Library update in the March 17, 2017 District 2 e-newsletter). Negotiations have been on-going between Mobile County and CVS to reach consensus on an acceptable purchase offer or a new reduced-rent lease agreement. The current library lease expires on September 30, 2017 and CVS has been given legal notice that the county will not renew the lease under the present terms.
In recent weeks, discussions reached a point where CVS agreed to accept a reduced rental fee of $5,000 per month (approximately half of the current rate) but would not sell the property for five years and would not agree to apply the rent paid during that period toward the purchase price. Last week, the county received notification from CVS that they would agree to sell the property immediately and would entertain a purchase offer of $1.3 million (the appraised purchase value according to David Bell of M.D. Bell Co., Inc.). To address the fairness issue raised by my fellow commissioners in regard to the overall funding allocation received by the Semmes Public Library from the County relative to other county libraries; while also recognizing the fact that the Semmes Library is a large regional library serving thousands of citizens in the western area of the county, I am proposing the following agreement between the Mobile County Commission and the City of Semmes:
Mobile County will continue indefinitely allocating $162,000 per year in Semmes Library operational funding, and for a two-year period will also pay all water/sewer and electrical costs (approximately $30,000 per year) for the library.